Live Oak Ophthalmology is a state-of-the-art eye clinic located in Wilmington, NC. It was established in 2013 by Dr. Brian Groat and Dr. Darrell Hester. Dr. Brian Groat is a board-certified glaucoma, cornea and cataract surgeon who earned his medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine. After a stint in the Air Force, he completed his residency at the Storm Eye Institute of Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Darrell Hester is an ophthalmic surgeon with over 25 years of experience. He earned his medical degree at the Chapel Hill School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina (UNC). He then completed his residency at the UNC Department of Ophthalmology and was the first resident there to perform no-stitch cataract surgery. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
What Services Does Live Oak Ophthalmology Provide?
We offer numerous services at our eye clinic in Wilmington, NC, such as:
• Bladeless LASIK surgery
• Cataract surgery
• Oculoplastic surgery
• Cornea transplant
• Glaucoma treatment
• Dry eye treatment
• Intraocular lenses
What is an Intraocular Lens?
An intraocular lens or IOL is an implant used to replace a damaged or defective natural lens. There are several different types, and they are used to help patients with different conditions. Patients with cataracts get multifocal lenses that restore a patient’s ability to focus on both near and distant objects. A multifocal lens, thus, reduces or even eliminates the need for bifocals or reading glasses.
Astigmatism, a condition that makes everything appear blurry no matter what the distance, can also be treated through cataract surgery at our eye clinic in Wilmington, NC. Patients with astigmatism get toric lenses that correct abnormal curves within the cornea.
What is Bladeless LASIK Surgery?
LASIK surgery is a procedure used to treat patients with astigmatism, far-sightedness or near-sightedness. Such conditions are caused by abnormalities in the shape of the eye, so the surgeon needs to reshape the eye. To do so, they have to cut a flap into the cornea to gain access to the eye. In conventional LASIK surgery, the doctor uses a bladed instrument called a microkeratome, while in bladeless LASIK surgery, the doctor uses a laser to cut the flap. As you can imagine, bladeless LASIK surgery offers multiple benefits.
Learn More During a Consultation
Make an appointment at Live Oak Ophthalmology, our state-of-the-art eye clinic in Wilmington, NC, to learn more about how our team can benefit you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started.